Google, book publishers settle long-running copyright case
The Association of American Publishers and Google settle 7-year-old litigation. Google Library Project gets access to publishers' copyrighted books.
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In October 2005, AAP filed a lawsuit after Google announced plans to scan and digitize "the world's books." Google said then it would begin scanning all or segments of the book collections of major universities and libraries, including the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, the New York Public Library, and Oxford University.
Google said it would give the public instantaneous access to a vast storehouse of knowledge, but it also said it would sell advertising against the searches. AAP said in its lawsuit that "Google is seeking to make millions of dollars by freeloading on the talent and property of authors and publishers."
The AAP's suit followed a similar complaint filed in 2005 by the Authors Guild. That case is on hold following an appellate court ruling last month that the trial can wait until the parties resolve whether plaintiffs can sue as a class.
Update 10 a.m. PT: To include response from Authors Guild.